All posts by Parish Secretary

7 – 21 August 2022

Sunday 7 August – Sunday XIX
10:00am
Priest’s intention
6:30pm
Priest’s intention
Tuesday 9 – St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
12:15pm
Kay Taylor
Wednesday 10 – St Laurence, Deacon
7:00pm
Yvonne Cook
Thursday 11 – St Clare of Assisi
12:15pm
Jim Green RIP
Friday 12
12:15pm
Special Intention
Saturday 13
9:15am
Fr Dermott Donnelly (NBF)
Sunday 14 – The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
10:00am
Priest’s intention
6:30pm
Priest’s intention
Monday 15
9:15am
Priest’s intention
Tuesday 16
12:15pm
Fr Tom Burke (NBF)
Wednesday 17
7:00pm
Priest’s intention
Thursday 18
12:15pm
Francis Mangion (Thanksgiving)
Friday 19
12:15pm
Priest’s intention
Saturday 20
9:15am
Priest’s intention
Sunday 21 – Sunday XXI
10:00am
Priest’s intention
6:30pm
Priest’s intention

Where your treasure is.

We often say that ‘actions speak louder than words.’ Jesus expresses the same idea in a different way when he tells his disciples, ‘Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.’ It’s our actions, and the choices that we make, that reveal what is most important to us.

Jesus tells Peter and the twelve apostles to be good stewards. A steward is a senior servant, responsible for taking care of the master’s property. Jesus knew that he would return to God the Father, and he entrusted the apostles with a treasure – the Good News of eternal life. He gave them the responsibility for keeping it safe and passing it on to others. He trusted them to be good stewards – faithful servants. 

To be a Christian is to be a person of hope. We live our lives in this world, but we are always looking forward to the life to come. Whatever position or possessions we may enjoy in the world, our hearts are in heaven and we put our trust in the promises of Christ. He is our real treasure.

Heritage Open Days

From Friday 9th to Sunday 11th September, St Cuthbert’s will be taking part in the national Heritage Open Days event (https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/st-cuthberts-catholic-church-durham) The church will be open to visitors from 1pm to 4:30pm on Friday and Sunday and from 10:30am to 4:30pm on Saturday. A small exhibition will be in place and light refreshments will be available. If you can help staff the church for 30 minutes or more during the day, welcoming visitors and offering refreshments, then please sign up on the list on the noticeboard or contact Andy Doyle (0798 543 4185 or andydoyle1066@sky.com).

Seminarian on Placement

Hello!

My name is Ben Sinclair, I’m a seminarian for the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle currently studying at the Venerable English College in Rome. I have been brought up in the diocese and my home parish is in Billingham, where I have lived since my childhood. After finishing school I studied French, Italian and Geography at Newcastle University, and it was during this time of my life that I started discerning a priestly vocation. After a year of discernment with the diocese I was accepted for formation and, in addition to my studies in Valladolid, Spain, and Rome, I have had some wonderful placements in Ashington and Heaton.

I am very much looking forward to meeting you and getting to know the parish community in the city of Durham. I am sure I have a lot to learn from you and I will certainly keep you in my prayers as I prepare to arrive. I ask you to do the same for me and especially for an increase in vocations to the priesthood.

Lindisfarne Gospels Pilgrimage

Lindisfarne Gospels Pilgrimage: The Lindisfarne Gospels will be on display at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle from 17 September-3 December 2022. To celebrate this occasion, a challenging 140-mile journey will be undertaken with pilgrims carrying a replica of St Cuthbert’s Coffin from the River Tees to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. The pilgrimage will pass through Durham on 14-15 September. For details of how you can get involved, see: https://durhamdiocese.org/the-lindisfarne-gospels-pilgrimage/

Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) 2022-2023 

The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies is managed and awarded by the Board of Religious Studies on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. The programme seeks to ensure that participants have a basic understanding of the central beliefs of the Catholic faith . This programme is available for catechists, lay leaders and other adults wishing to deepen their understanding of the Catholic faith and Catholic education, serving teachers in Catholic and other schools, and teachers in training preparing to take up posts in Catholic schools. The CCRS course programme is now available for 2022-2023 and there is a short presentation shown on the Diocesan website https://diocesehn.org.uk/education/continuing-professional-development-and-formation/#ccrs

If anyone would like further information, they can contact Eamonn Diffley at the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, Department for Education on 0191 243 3313 or email education@diocesehn.org.uk   

Storing up treasure

What do we need to be happy? The man who approaches Jesus in today’s Gospel thinks he knows the answer. He needs his share of the family estate, and his brother is refusing to hand it over.

Jesus doesn’t enter into this family dispute. Instead, he takes the opportunity to teach his disciples that life is not made secure by money or possessions. However much we have, it will never be enough. Jesus tells the people a parable about a rich farmer who stores up his wealth and believes that he is secure for years to come. But he can never know when God will bring his life to an end, and he cannot take his wealth with him when he dies. The rich man is a fool, Jesus tells us; he is completely turned in on himself, cut off from the love of God and the love of others. Instead of storing up his possessions, he should be ‘making himself rich in the sight of God’ by sharing what he has and loving his neighbour.

We are always tempted to want more, and to think that this will make us secure. But everything that we have in this world – money, possessions, power or fame – will pass away. Only the love of God will remain. That is our true wealth.